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-level officers and enlisted that are so important to the leadership of our military and chuck hagel's leadership and commitment will be critical to that task. i have met with chuck hagel privately, i've asked him tough questions about iran and israel. i'm satisfied on those points that he will advise the president in according to with -- in accord with those policies but even more important i am struck by his passion, the intensity of his commitment to our men and women in uniform. his caring about them is indicated in so many ways. spontaneously and strongly in his testimony, as well as his private conversations. he will make sure that sexual assault in the military, the epidemic and scourge of rape and assault against men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country will be stopped, that there will be, in fact, zero tolerance not only in word but in deed. and his viewing, for example, of the documentary "invisible war," his understanding that this kind of misconduct is an outrage never to be even implicitly condoned and to be treated as a criminal offense, the most extreme kind of predat
@wolfblitzer, @katebaldu an. >>> up next, senators rough up chuck hagel during his confirmation hearing. a senior lawmaker is "outfront" to explain why he's voting against chuck hagel. and chuck grassley implies the video games, not guns, are the reasons for america's mass shootings. what role did the donations he received from the nra play? and another super bowl ad being called racist. we'll show you the ad. it's a near and dear to our heart topic. let's go "outfront." >>> and we begin right now, though, with breaking news. you are looking at pictures right now of mexico city. this is a live shot that you're watching from our affiliate, forotv. right now, they're reporting that five people are dead and at least 75 are injured. there was an explosion at the offices of mexico's state-run pemex oil company. there are at least 30 people still trapped in the building. it's up clear right now what caused that explosion. we are trying to figure that out for you. we will monitor that, and as we get more information, we'll bring it to you throughout the hour. and a good evening to all of you t
are feared trapped in the rubble. >>> plus, clinton hshg rides off in the sunset, chuck hagel gets downright offensive. and lions and tigers and bears, oh my, "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, february 1st, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. super bowl weekend is here as fans of both the baltimore ravens and the san francisco 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for its lavish matters is gearing up for one of its biggest parties ever. nbc's jay gray is live for the latest. >> reporter: good morning, mara. from outside the beautiful superdome lit up in new orleans. look, depending on your perspective, a lot of people either ending their party or continuing into new orleans. the perfect city to hold such a big bash. a lot of people looking forward to the game. but as you talked about, a lot of people looking forward to a lot of things. for many, it's the ads that air on super sunday. we have a sneak peek of some you'll see. >> hey, son, have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ >> you know what this room needs? a smile. who wants to come with
. >>> the >> and a republican block in the senate. will the senate see eye to eye on chuck hagel? good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. >>> first, the not so triumphant turn of the carnival "triumph." thousands of passengers who spent five days stranded at sea and slogging through sewage are sleeping on warm beds or on buses or trains, finally headed home it blocked in mobile, alabama. listen to the cheering bounds on board. but also family members waiting for them. passengers began streaming off about an hour later. some were angry and others were stateding it all in stride. all of them relieved to be back on shore. >> we are happy to be on dry land. it's been a horrible experience for us. it was a great cruise to start off with, but it just -- you know, the morning of the fire. >> there was a fire alarm. >> and we've been kept in the dark a lot. we haven't been told everything that we probably should have known. and it was just, you know, the -- the things just kepting worse and worse and we could never, ever really get a straight answer, t
be cold but it's the weekend. >> hagel as the next secretary of defense. listen to this. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam, are you correct or incorrect? >> my referents reference to the -- the question is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. i would like to answer whether you are right or wrong then you are free to elaborate? >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> let the record show you refused to answer the question. >> we know now the surge did in fact work. peter doocy live in washington covering all of the events today. >> what we saw yesterday was the equivalent of a job interview. instead of being questioned by one human resources employee about things on an application chuck hagel was quizzed by the entire senate armed services committee about everything he has ever said. senior obama administration official told us chuck hagel's testimony was not perfect he had a long day as he tried to explain away past public positions about
for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and reco
hagel. >> the question is were you right or wrong. >> coming up. president obama nominee to be secretary of defense faces sharp and sometimes angry questioning special freely his friend. >> investigation reveals the true price of some local school bond. billions of dollar in debt that is taking decade to repay. >> and which cancer screenings should you skip? sh[ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. susdz. >> fiery day on the hill. hagel purple heart recipient in vietnam and former senator to be nominated secretary of defense at the confirmation hearings. his former colleague met him with a barrage of critical questions
on key issues >> facing his critics, chuck hagel... had this to say. >> we cannot have the threats to be held hostage to partisanship on either state of the aisle is too high. critics are taking issues for the troops surge with people >> with your correct or incorrect that the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy since vietnam? >> is that correct or incorrect? >> are you going to answer the question? he has supported questionable respect for israel. he is expected to have confirmation and become the first enlisted man to serve as defense secretary. >> it would be a positive message for our armed forces and armed forces are run throug our round the world national polls show that most americans support replacing leon panetta. >> hillary clinton spoke after less function. friday will be her last. she spoke of her -- last auction shes is saying that it is difficult to believe and difficult to leave. >> although it is difficult to predict what day that this will bring to moral my heart will be full. serving with the men and women of the state department has been a singular
like us to investigate, e-mail us at i reports. >>> the confirmation of hagel got heated today. they went after hagel on israel, iran and weapons. in was a time when mccain questioned hagel decision in iraq. >> i can talk about why i made those comments. >> reporter: if confirmed hagel would be the only republican in president obama's cabinet. several republicans said they will vote against him but may not be able to stop his confirmation. >>> in news of the world tonight in the middle east, syria and it's ally iran are questioning retaliation for israel's air strike. syria's civil war has caused international concern that syria's weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups. >>> in greece, train stations were emptied because of transit worker strikes. greece had to apply for international loans to deal with their budget crisis. >>> more flooding is expected in some places tomorrow, when a river crests. about 7,000 people have been told they won't be going home any time soon. another 23,000 are isolated literally cut off by the highway water and at least six deaths hav
. >>> the confirmation of hagel got heated today. they went after hagel on israel, iran and weapons. in was a time when mccain questioned hagel decision in iraq. >> i can talk about why i made those comments. >> reporter: if confirmed hagel would be the only republican in president obama's cabinet. several republicans said they will vote against him but may not be able to stop his confirmation. >>> in news of the world tonight in the middle east, syria and it's ally iran are questioning retaliation for israel's air strike. syria's civil war has caused international concern that syria's weapons could fall into the hands of extremist groups. >>> in greece, train stations were emptied because of transit worker strikes. greece had to apply for international loans to deal with their budget crisis. >>> more flooding is expected in some places tomorrow, when a river crests. about 7,000 people have been told they won't be going home any time soon. another 23,000 are isolated literally cut off by the highway water and at least six deaths have been blamed so far on all the flooding. >>> she was accused of lipsyn
killed in that war. chuck hagel is expected to be confirmed as defense secretary despite a rough day of questioning on capitol hill. his record as a senator caused frequent concern for the senate armed services committee. in 2001 hagel voted against sanctions on iran to stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. he apologized for his offensive comments that accuse israeli lobbyists of intimidating lawmakers. >> you said the jewish lobby, that term shouldn't have been used, it should have been some other term. name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> i have stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> if confirmed, hagel would be the first vietnam veteran to be defense secretary. his supporters say his experience makes him uniquely qualified. a vote is expected next week. >>> today in virginia, texting while driving could get closer to becoming illegal. a senate committee will vote on that legislation today. one bill up for consideration would increase the fine from
hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lo
could work this week on the chuck hagel nomination. the question remains whether or not republicans will block the nomination with a filibuster. the president traveling to push for slacker gun laws. with the nation focusing on the super bowl, we want to turn to washington's role on regulating the nfl. we will use super bowl sunday to talk about government regulations when it comes to the issue of steroids or head injuries. the phone lines are open. let's begin with a look at some of the headlines courtesy of the museum. from "the san francisco chronicle" -- from "the baltimore sun" -- let's turn to the politics and policy behind the nfl. this is a story a few days ago from "the washington post." outlining a plan and a letter to the executive director of the players union. they agreed as part of a 2011 collective bargaining agreement that the players should be tested for hgh, but the two sides of that agreed. two seasons have been played without it. last weekend in new orleans, roger goodell was asked a number of questions including one on the issue of head injuries. here is more fro
for choke off hagel as defense secretary has been delayed and president obama is not happy about it. >> hagel is a former republican senator and a decorated vietnam veteran. a vote to end a gop filibuster fell two votes short. >> republicans are holding up the confirmation, demanding information on how the obama administration have the attack on u.s. diplomatic mission in libya. >> democrats call the hold of tragic. another voted expected later this month. >> the pentagon is creating a new metal that can be awarded to troops to have a direct impact on combat operations, but had never set foot in a combat zone. >> it is called the distinguished warfare metal. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval earlier this week. >> the head of the nra is firing back at president obama. >> criticizing comments he made during the state of the union address. >> he was talking to-build audience and says the president did not talk about keeping children safe at school. >> are hearing that he is more interested in taking away the rights of americans. >> the president use the state of
in the vacant seat. >>> and leon pennetta comes to the defense of hagel. he says, quote, the political knives were out." he says the questions focused on his past statements and not enough on the future of the defense department and the war on terrorism. and he added hagel has good ideas on how to protect america >>> chuck todd is filling in for david gregory this week on "meet the press." he will interview pennetta as well as general martin dempsey, and he will sit down with bob costas, and you can catch "meet the press" at 10:30 here on nbc 4. >>> this past week twitter might have accessed the profiles of around 250,000 users, and we have more on how security companies are working to keep those sites and your information safe. >> at the offices of a security consulta consultant, a constant vigil looks for signs of attacks on them and clients. they look for ways to step ahead to block intrusions from succeeding. >> very often we see companies have not invested in responding to the fact they will sustain a breach. >> with cyber attacks on the rise against banks and social media and the system
big story, senate republicans have blocked the nomination for chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense by a 58-40 vote. the nature fell short of 60 votes needed to -- the senate fell short of 60 votes needed to advance the confirmation. the holdup, unrelated questions about president obama's actions following the attack in benghazi, libya. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think senator hagel after that period of time deserves a vote and up or down vote on his nomination. >> following the delay president obama spoke out against the filibuster but said he's confident hagel will eventually win confirmation. >>> to virginia where a new handgun law is closer to becoming law to keep the name of concealed handgun permit holders private. originally only applicants' names were shielded but the house expanded the bill to cover all permit holders. the bill is now headed to the governor's desk. >>> a student accused of a hoax has been ordered to undergo a psychic evaluation. brian hairston is accused of calling 911 last month r
have there aed a vote on chuck hagel to replace him for another ten days, using an unprecedented filibuster. unprecedented for defense nominee. president obama says they are putting politics ahead of national security. >> i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan and need a secretary of defense who is coordinating with allies to make sure our troops are getting the kind of strategy and mission they deserve. >> mean tooil, the president returns home to chicago today for the last in a series of campaign style events. this week they are focused for plans on the economy and education that he outlined in the state of the union address. gun violence also on the agenda when the president speaks to a chicago high school. dan lothian live at the white house with a preview. homecoming of sorts, dan. >> the president will be speaking at hyde park academy, and as you pointed out, the main focus will be the economy. but the president will be talking about gun violence in a city that last year had almost 2500 shootings and more than 500 murders, and, of course, you have the high-profile mu
are saying that chuck hagel's confirmation at this hearing was an absolute mess. so what is going to happen with this? we'll be right back with senator blount. >> iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the secretary of defense? >> i have a difficult enough time with american politics. senator, i have no idea, but thank you an ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a
more than a year ago. >>> well, he knew it was coming. former senator chuck hagel expected some tough questions on capitol hill as he tries to get confirmed as the next secretary of defense. his former republican colleagues asking about his past statements, a bunch of them, including israel and the troop surge during the war in iraq. he told them that no one vote or statement defines him. hagel is expected to be confirmed next week despite opposition from some of his former colleagues. >>> today is hillary clinton's last day of secretary of state. she'll be meeting at the white house and say goodbye to her staff before she leaves. john kerry will be sworn in as the new secretary of state in a private ceremony coming up this afternoon. >>> the government will now be able to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to pay the nation's bill. the senate passed the bill to raise the debt ceiling. without it, the government would have to default on obligations as soon as mid- february. >>> one of d.c.'s area neighborhood advisory commissioners wants to limit the sale of ski masks. >> thi
camerota. rough ride for pick to run the pentagon. chuck hagel's hearing questions questions his competence. the white house thinks he did just fine? >> we are moments away from finding out whether we are stuck with six more weeks of winter. punxsutawney phil about to give his first alert forecast. let's all say it now, gobbler's knob. that's where we are going. >> punxsutawney, pennsylvania. the big easy gearing up for the big game. brian kilmeade is on the bayou with some huge guests. we are going to look for his shadow as well. "fox & friends" hour two starts right now. >> happy groundhogs day. >> good saturday afternoon, good morning, i don't know. saturday morning. >> it is afternoon somewhere. >> maybe in new zealand it's saturday afternoon. good morning, everyone. we are just a few days away from brian kilmeade being able to watch the game live super bowl game live. there is brian kilmeade staring at cheerleaders. >> it's the 49ers facing off against the ravens. super bowl number 47. good morning to you, brian. what's you got for us? >> first up, i think it's time to meet some of the
story there involving the fate of chuck hagel. president obama's pick for defense secretary. we are now getting word of these back room negotiations, all in efforts to get this former senator confirmed. we will take you to washington. we will get to all of that. first let's get you back to the story you have seen developing all afternoon here exclusively on cnn. here are the pictures. this is the approach of the nate mare carnival cruise ship called triumph. live pictures as it is inching towards shore. four tugboats at one mile an hour. we continue to talk through this hour. if you have been with us, we have been covering this for the last couple of hours and we are seeing around this ship people have scrawled out messages on sheets, help us, signs, we saw the first glimpse of the passengers wearing these bathrobes because keep in mind they packed and they are inching along off the coast of cozumel. they are cold. now stories of mattresses soaked in sewage. they are sleeping on decks. here are the pictures. one by one by one under sheetinsheets. freedom within sight for the 4,000 peopl
hagel president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. the former senator from nebraska is a republican but he has been criticized by members of his own party for comments he made on israel as well as his past opposition of sanctions against iran. if the economy approves him, his nomination would then need a full senate vote. >>> condemnationof thnuclear test by north korea. china summoned north korea's ambassador for objection. ines ferre reports. >> reporter: diplomats arrived at the united nations for a closed-door emergency meeting. they are discussing how to respond to north korea's announcement that it has tested another nuclear bomb. it happenedatunderground lity last night. the type of device has not been confirmed. u.s. officials say there are indications that northa is planning to test another bomb knowing that a punishment from the u.n. is coming. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice condemns the test. >> the actions korea are a threat to regional and national peace and security and they are not acceptable. they will not be
nominees saysing it bring up the nomination of chuck hagel as defense secretary tomorrow for a vote. at least one senator is threatening to block his and john brennan's nomination. senator lindsey graham says he wants more information on the attack on benghazi. independents hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> former vice president and defense secretary dick cheney on the report new his speech. he called president obama's choices for his second terminal security team second rate. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networ
temporarily blocked a vote to confirm choke hagel as defense secretary with the filibuster. they insist that the obama administration must first get some more questions about its handling of the terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi, libya last september. the vote to move forward with hage;s nomination fell just short of the needed 60 votes to break a filibuster and head to an actual vote. president obama use the social media site google + hangout to express his frustration. >> >> senate majority whip burkdick durbim office says the senate will take up another vote to move forward on hagel confirmation on tuesday, february 26th. senator john mccain says expect him to be confirmed. >> the federal aviation minister is and is looking for sites to test fly drones. the plan to create six drone test sites around the country. the goal is to allow widespread use of unmanned aircraft by 2015, but the faa is well behind on that deadline. not everyone is in favor of increasing the number of drones in the sky. privacy advocates worry that the widespread drone usually to subsurveillance s
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
. now here's matt. >>> put to a vote some time last week after hagel was met with sharp questions on either side of the aisle. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more on that. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding any alarm bells. officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who, as you point out, is a republican who spent 12 years here in the senate representing nebraska. that should have made him very familiar with hearing that can get contentious, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iranian government as a legitimate government. i want your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say is it's recognizable, is recognized at the united nations. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have been. i will continue to be. >> re
picked cardinals will. rob, diana? >>> a showdown in the senate today over chuck hagel's nomination as the defense secretary. democrats are going to force a vote on the nomination, rejecting demands for more information on hagel's finances. hague >>> that carnival cruise ship that's standed in the gulf of mexico is being pulled to mobile, alabama instead of mexico. it's been dead in the water since sunday when a fire knocked out its engines. it's scheduled to arrive in the u.s. on thursday. there are more than 4200 people on that ship. passengers and loved ones stay it's not a good scene on board. >> there's no lights. no water. we can't flush. some people were able to shower. no one was injured. most of us are camping out on the top deck. >> they're all crying and hisser the call. they want to go home. >> abc news learned this is the third trip in which the "triumph" has suffered propulsion problems. the ship's next two voyages are been canceled and passengers will receive a full refund. >> interesting note here. apparently it's been towed to alabama to save the company millions an
hagel as the next secretary of defense has been put off for ten days. top republicans in the senate blocked a vote over their demand for more information on the benghazi attack from the white house. president obama accused them of playing politics with national security during wartime. obama to the group of americans who aren't sure where the treasury department is still minting pennies. the president said he thinks pennies are kind of nostalgic and said they're an example of government not getting rid of something that just doesn't work in order to replace it with something that does. pennies cost more to make than they're worth. >>> and now the feisty great grandmother in north carolina who stood her ground. she wanted to remain anonymous after a run-in with would-be robbers. the 78-year-old got home and encountered three young men in her driveway. they demanded her purse. they even had a gun. but she chased them away. >> i worked all my life, and no snotty nosed brat is going to take that away from me. >> the woman said her husband told her she should have just given up the purse
coming up. ♪ >> in just a few hours democrats will push heyed with chuck hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. the senate armed services community will hold despite widespread concern from republicans. it comes as they did not disclose at least two recent speeches on the middle east on disclosure forms. a white house aid said that he did not try to hide anything. lawmakers accusing the federal government of hiding the real reason five veterans died. an investigation revealed a breakdown in protocol meaning that the outbreak likely could have been prevented. patti anne? >> the navy seal who killed osama bin laden during that raid is breaking his silence. one of america's bravest heros says he feels abandoned by the military. >> good morning. he is referred to only as the shooter in an interview just published by esquire magazine. we get a breath taking account of what happened that night in pakistan. he says the second he sabine laud he knew the seal had their man. he acted quickly he says before bin laden could reach for his gun. in that second i shot him. two times in the forehead,
yesterday was chuck hagel who looked like he was going to be confirmed as the next secretary of defense. it looks like he's kind of being filibustered. republicans are saying we're going to put him up for a simple majority vote later this month but we want some answers on benghazi answered and senator lindsay graham is the guy behind it. listen to this. >> the best evidence of what happened that night were the survivors. they will not give the united states congress, the f.b.i. interviews of the survivors. we've been told five different versions of who changed the talking points. this is not transparent. they're delaying, denying, deceiving. they ran out the clock during the election. i will not give up until we know what happened. at the end of the day it is about four dead americans. the way this president handled this situation, his national security team, is a travesty and we need to get to the bottom of it. and we will. >>alisyn: no interviews with survivors provided to the lawmakers. still no idea where the suspects are. they were released and are roaming freely somewhere in the m
secretary of defense. if it's approved, chuck hagel's nomination will go before the full senate. south carolina republican lindsey graham is promising to block that vote unless he gets more answers about the benghazi attack. >>> well, the fir was flying at west minute -- the fur was flying at the westminster dog show. finalists were picked, four of them, american fox hound in the hound category. that is jewel from georgetown. keep your fingers crossed. another one, a pincher in the toy group. bichon frise in the nonsporting breeze. the old english sheep dog among the herding breeds, three more finalists and then best of show will be chosen tonight. >>> just over 19 hours left to the party in new orleans. you're looking at a live shot at midnight central time. police on horseback will ride through the french quarter to clear out the revelers and hose down the streets and the crews go to work as ash wednesday begins. >>> it was just about 24 hours ago that we got the stunning news pope benedict the 16th -- that pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of this month. i'm joined by americ
-- chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense. more on that one coming up later tonight. >>> stronger gun regulation is said to be among the topics in the president's state of the union address address. and a handful of victims are invited to attend. this week in d.c., a larger group of more than 120 survivors of gun violence are urging lawmakers to get tough on goodbye control. that group includes a man who survived a mass shooting inside a colorado movie theatre last july during a midnight screening of the dark knight rises. 12 people died, 58 others hurt. steven barton was hit with 28 shotgunbleets in his face, neck, chest, and arms during the attack. steven, good to you have here. >> thanks for having me. >> you're an advisor for mayors against illegal guns. quickly, tell us about that organization to stars us off here. >> reporter: it's a bipartisan coalition of more than 850 mayors across the country representing 60 million americans. the organization advocates for commonsense gun reform that is supported by the american public. >> you're lobbying congress for legi
a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a step closer
. democratic leaders are expected to force a vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information about the benghazi attack. however, hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> also president obama answers questions in a google-powered fireside hangout this afternoon, two days after he delivered the big state of the union address. it will be streamed live starting at 4:50 eastern time. >>> an ailing pope benedict celebrated his last public mass presiding over ash wednesday services at st. peters basilica. the pope was visibly moved by the thunderous applause and in his final homily, the pope warned about internal church rivalries and thanked the faithful for their support. >>> millions of christians marked the beginning of lent by getting ashes on the foreheads in observance of ash wednesday. >> and an episcopal church in western new york made it extra convenient for those with a busy schedule. drive-through ashes. yeah, you heard me right. it's actually part of a trend that started in st. lou
for chuck hagel to become defense secretary will probably come to an up or down vote in the senate. the nomination has been held up due to questions about how the white house handled the attack in libya. senator john mccain says there's been a reasonable amount of time to have those questions answered. >>> and "usa today" says venezuelan leader hugo chavez made a surprise return to his country earlier today two months after undergoing cancer surgery in cuba. it was announced via the presid >>> we've got big time changes in our weather. clouds on shore as that sea breeze has kicked in, and brought with low clouds in the bay. the temperatures not too bad. 46 in concord. 50 in oakland. 47 in san francisco. 50s as we head toward the afternoon. much cooler around the bay area and a chance for rain and tuesday into wednesday morning. staying unsettled after that. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by aarp. real possibilities. >>> people all over the world are looking up after a series of close encounters with meteors and asteroids. we'll fin
on face the nation and promised not to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary as the new director if he does not get answers from the white house. gram wants to know if the president personally reached out during the attack. >> lots of anticipation for president obama's address to the nation. address the looming sequestration automatic budget cuts that are due to kick in the 1st of march. also to focus on job creation and economic growth. tomorrow will be the first state of the union speech of his second term. >> it is now 8:10 on this monday morning. honoring harriet tubman. find out about a maryland senator's plan to highlight the historic abolitionist. >> will he stay in baltimore? dave ross serves up contract talk coming up in your next sports breakfast. it's 8:10.  >>> can you explain to me why the sprinkles are empty? >> well, they are not empty. >> look at me. >> they are not empty. >> did you eat those sprinkles? >> no, i did not. >> that is so cute. he doesn't have any idea. the evidence is all over his face. a three year old boy tries to pull a
confirmation. chuck hagel should get committee approval today, which means he could be confirmed by thursday. >> valerie jarrett is senior adviser to president obama. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. how are you? >> very well, thank you. i do want to talk about the state of the union. let's start with north korea, which conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test overnight. convening an emergency meeting of the security council, the u.n. is, but what is left in the sanctions of one of the countries that is the most sanctioned and still defies? >> it violates multiple u.n. security resolutions. it is threatening to the united states, it is destabilizing and not necessarily in the best interest of north korea. it doesn't strengthen north korea. it makes it more vulnerable, isolates it and increases the impoverishment of the country. let's not get ahead that have meeting and see what happens. >> the president addressing the nation tonight, i want to start by reading you a quote from the president. now is the time to jump-start job creation, restart lending and invest in ar
and a lot of it depends on hagel's confirmation. >> that vote is supposed to be next week sometime, right? >> yes, that is suppose pod be next week, but some folks on capitol hill said they did not want to confirm him until they talk to the current secretary about benghazi, so that the timing was not coincidental. >> and was secretary panetta update about how he is leaving and handing the defense department over to the successor? >> yes, he is proud of the record, and we talked a little bit about the legacy and how he looked at his term. but he is also happy, because this man has done long time service and at the cia as well for this administration and other administrations, and i think that he is excited to be going back home to california. >> he has worked hard and given a lot to the country as a public service, and going back to being a congressman from california and budget director in the clinton administration, and white house chief of staff and now cia director and defense secretary, and he deserves a little r&r. >> he is looking happy about going home to california. >> caramel, ca
-- sanctions the u.n. security council could impose next hour. back to you. >> thank you. >>> chuck hagel is a former republican senator from nebraska. some of his fellow republicans on the committee have challenged his past statements on votes on israel, iran, iraq and nuclear weapons. republicans forced a delay when they pressed him for more information about his personal finances for his nomination. >>> former secretary of state condoleezza rice will add her voice to the national debate on immation. she's accepted an invitation to co-chair a commission investigating mesh's immigration system and -- america's immigration system and come up with ideas to reform it. she said this is at the heart of what the u.s. stands for. the group which includes high- level leaders from both parties will present its ideas to congress in several months. >>> friends and family members of chris kyle, who was shot and killed at a shooting range, are making the final trip to his resting place. they just left from texas and are headed to the texas state cemetery in austin. the trip is about three hours and 1
our nation's capital tonight. >>> chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. the armed services committee voted to send the nomination to the senate. republicans had threatened to block his nomination, but it appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> we're learning more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weathe
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